Preliminary hearing continued for man suspected of mailing sexual material to teenage boy

LOGAN — The preliminary hearing for Thomas M. Thackeray, a 69-year-old Logan man accused of trying to lure a teenage boy into having sex with him, was postponed Monday and rescheduled for October.

Thackeray appeared in 1st District Court with his public defender, Michael McGinnis. He has been charged with one count of stalking, a third-degree felony. Police arrested him June 7 after he allegedly was caught on security video, mailing sexually explicit packages to a Logan High School student.

Court records show that McGinnis, who was recently assigned to the case after Thackeray’s previous attorney failed to make an appearance, asked the court to postpone the preliminary hearing so that he could have time to review evidence in the case.

Judge Thomas Willmore granted the request and continued the hearing until October 3.

Thackeray is being held in the Utah State Prison for violating his parole. He has been charged multiple times with similar crimes in Weber and Davis Counties. In 2009, he was sentenced to one-to-15-years in prison for stalking and dealing harmful materials to a minor.

Logan City Police claim Thackeray sent at least five packages to the alleged victim. The packages contained adult-oriented material and sexually-explicit letters. When officers and agents with Adult Probation and Parole arrested him at his Riverwalk Parkway apartment, they also found evidence of other potential victims and criminal events.

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